Marketing campaigns are underway on Amazon and Facebook. I am featuring the “It’s All About Attitude” book series. Reflection Attitude is now selling on Amazon in both print and Kindle. The Kindle price is $9.99 and the printed version is now $11.99. I am working on making a hardcover version and hope to have it ready next week. You can see the entire series with information about each of the six books here.
Since November 2000, there has been a continuous human presence in low Earth orbit aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Over these nearly 22 years, the research laboratory has grown from just two modules, to almost two dozen modules filled with experiments and equipment, and solar panels covering an area larger than a football field. There have been countless experiments and studies done to better life on Earth as well as prepare for future destinations such as the moon and Mars. It is currently home to 11 humans as part of three international crews; 5 Americans, 3 Russians, one European, and one Japanese. Truly an international partnership, space operations have largely avoided politics despite all the terrible things happening on the ground.
There have been 67 operational crews staying between 3 and 6 months, some up to a year consisting of at least one American (astronaut) and one Russian (cosmonaut). This past week, command of the station passed from a Russian to a European, who also happens to be the first female European commander of ISS. During the ceremony they exchanged hugs and well wishes. Astronauts don’t see borders from space. They train together for years, and everyone supporting them on the ground are committed to science and exploration for the greater good. It is encouraging to see this cooperation continue with the launch this week of a Russian cosmonaut on a SpaceX rocket, and the next crew, which will launch in 2023 with an American astronaut on a Russian Soyuz rocket.
– Aaron J. Patrick
Bitcoin and ethereum used to move on their own but increasingly they now move with stocks. Bitcoin continues to hover around $20,000. Stability is good but hoping it will become stable at a much higher level. Ethereun is a mystery. The long anticipated merge changed the technical details about the ethereum blockchain works. From an energy perspective it is great, with more than 90% reduction in energy use. I believe there are concerns the merge might create new security issues. If none emerge, I expect ETH will rise substantially. Wait and see.
Recession fears and Fed jitters continue to clobber the market big time. Who knows what is ahead? I sure don’t. The GAMMAT stocks are down to $7.6 trillion. Tesla is getting battered by concerns over the Twitter deal. One concern is Musk will have to sell a lot of Tesla stock to close the deal. The other concern is he will spend too much time on Twitter at the expense of his other companies. If ever there was a multi-tasker, Elong Musk is it. I remain bullish on Tesla and tech.